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nursery news

So excited to see that G's nursery hit the front page over on project nursery...yay!


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small wonders

Wishing for a little more of this....

Sleep has not been coming easily these days. I'm hoping that changes soon!

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clippings

Black, white, soft neutrals. Sometimes simple is best, no?

Suzie
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have a blessed weekend!

It's my 500th post! Woohoo!
I'm looking forward to this weekend. Hopeful that the little guy will want to sleep more than he has the rest of the week. And also looking forward to putting the final (for now, anyway) touches on our master bath reno. What have you got planned? A couple of fun ideas...
add a rainbow to your dash

make a cardboard train

make creatures from leaves and then make fabric
Leif

or make critters from lollies

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small wonders

It's bad enough that my own closet and drawers are spilling over with clothes (I really need to "edit" my own collection)--I'm afraid I'm turning G into a little clothes horse as well. Just take a look at these adorable duds from Polarn O. Pyret. Can you blame me?

cute cords


cozy fleece

fab jeans

classic stripes

super slicker

i heart grey

sweet sweater
snazzy shirt

What's your favorite place to shop for clothes for little ones?
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let's make: beautiful buntings

Now that we've enjoyed the colorful bunting in our boy's nursery for a few months, I thought I'd share the easy steps I used to make it.  I'm a bit tempted to hang these all about the house!

Let's start off with a list of what you'll need:
craft paper in desired colors (or you might try fabrics if you're so inclined)
scissors
low-tack contact paper
spray adhesive or craft glue
mod podge (optional)
brush (optional)
string or yarn (optional)
and, of course, a wall!
(Before you begin, it's a good idea to place a small piece of contact paper in an inconspicuous place in your room to make sure it will not peal your paint from the walls when removed. Apply some, then wait a few days and remove it to make sure your paint is unmarred.)

First step, cut your pennants from the paper to the size you desire (mine are symmetric triangles measuring 5 inches across the top and 8 inches down to the tip). I used nine triangles to span about 40 inches. You might even try different sizes and shapes for the triangles (to suggest a bit of breeze) for another fun look.

Next, coat both sides of the triangles with mod podge and allow to dry completely. This part is optional, but leaves the flags with a nice smooth matte finish that will be easier to clean (afterall, ours is hanging over a crib!).

Once the flags have dried, spray the back of each flag amply with spray adhesive then place the flag adhesive-side down on the front of the contact paper. Press firmly over the flag so it sticks really well. (Note, the first time I tried this, I used too little adhesive and with the humidity this summer, some of the pennants started to peal away from the contact paper. Make sure they're really sticking! If you don't have spray adhesive, you could also try craft glue or glue stick.)

Trim the contact paper around each of the flags.

Here's a trick I used to hang the flags with a nice drape. Use a piece of yarn or string that is a foot or two (at least) longer than the area you want to span. Tape both ends to the same height (assuming you want a symmetric look).
Starting from the center of the yarn, peal the backing from the contact paper and place your first flag (if you have an odd number of pennants) with light pressure. If you have an even number, just place one flag on each side of the center point.
Keep adding flags! Rearrange them if you're not totally pleased with the layout.
Once you're done, remove the yarn and press each flag firmly onto the wall. Then step back and enjoy your handiwork!

We chose to do the bunting in solid, vibrant colors, but you've got myriad options with all the craft paper available out there. Or you could even create textures and patterns of your own! You might even personalize the bunting by adding your tyke's name or some message (welcome, hooray!, etc.) to the flags.
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